Women, Local Government and the Recession

Conference notes and welcomes the government’s budget commitment to increased public spending. However, it is essential that the proposed “efficiency savings” also contained in the budget do not equate to job cuts or cuts in services at this time of recession. There is growing evidence that this recession will have a significant and unprecedented impact […]

Using Human Rights Approaches to Local Government Employment Equality

Conference welcomes the impact of the Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998 in helping to protect our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members in local government from discrimination, bullying and harassment in their places of work. The HRA, which applies to public sector bodies or those carrying out public sector functions, incorporates into UK law […]

Delivering local government services without prejudice

Conference notes that whilst an employment tribunal ruling does not set legal precedent, widespread publicity for the judgement in the case of Ms Ladele v London Borough of Islington (2203694/2007 July 2008) added to the false impression that local government workers can claim their religion or belief as a reason for discriminating against lesbian, gay, […]

Non-Discrimination in Publicly Funded Services

Conference notes that some high profile media coverage of a 2008 employment tribunal judgment suggested that civil registrars were not obliged to carry out civil partnership ceremonies if that contravened their religious beliefs, despite the fact that employment tribunals do not set a legal precedent. The successful appeal against this ruling did not receive anything […]

Making Rights Real

Conference welcomes the Human Rights Inquiry undertaken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The inquiry: 1)Assessed progress towards the effectiveness and enjoyment of a culture of respect for human rights in Great Britain; and 2)Considered how the current human rights framework might best be developed and used to realise the vision of a society […]

Developing our committment to apprentices

Conference believes that the success of the government’s plan for a substantial expansion of apprenticeship schemes and places is dependent on schemes being introduced on a negotiated basis which provide high-quality training, with decent apprenticeship pay, and which do not seek to substitute for existing jobs. Conference also believes that such schemes offer the opportunity […]

Young and Active: In our workplaces, in our union, in our society.

This Conference believes that UNISON has in many ways led the way within the trade union movement on organising young workers, and UNISON’s Young Members show the key roles that young people can play. However there is still a great deal more work to do to ensure young people have their rightful place in society. […]

Increase in the basic state pension and restoration of the link to earnings

Conference regrets that in his March 2008 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, again failed to increase the basic state pension to restore its value if the link to average earnings had not been broken by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government. Pensioners should have an immediate rise now to restore the pension value and […]

Rights of Asylum Seekers to Work

Conference notes the right to seek asylum is an internationally agreed human right under the Refugee Convention of 1951, which Britain signed after the Second World War, promising to provide sanctuary to those fleeing political and other forms of persecution. Conference further notes that many asylum seekers in Britain are incorrectly labelled “economic migrants” or […]

Public Services and Procurement

Conference notes the continued marketisation of services across the public sector, primarily in England, which has already created a market for services worth more than £80 billion each year. This market is often driven by the pressure to make efficiency savings and cut costs which will be made worse as the effects of the credit […]

Child Poverty

The United Kingdom has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the industrialised world. 3.9 nine million children (30%) are living in poverty. In the North West over a quarter of our children are living in poverty. In some of our communities in the North West, as many as 65 per cent of […]